Numerous Fox C-6 Graduates Recognized as AP Scholars
FOX HIGH SCHOOL • SECKMAN HIGH SCHOOL
“Twenty years ago when I was living in a Chicago suburb, the neighbor boy and his friend had got hold of the AP Scholar’s list and proudly shared their results to any and all who would listen to them. As an AP teacher at the time I was curious to see this list to find my students and view their AP successes and I proudly shared to all who would listen. Since then I realize that the accomplishment of this list is more than the pride a student feels when their achievements are published. It also represents a certain uniquely special status that very few high school scholars achieve. These young AP Scholars are truly the vanguard of American education and in the future their example will likely encourage others to seek this highly challenging goal.”
-Dr. Kevin Rossiter
Principal, Fox High School
Many factors are indicators to student success beyond high school. GPA, class rank, and tests like the ACT are all used by colleges and universities to determine admissions and scholarships for graduating seniors. Many educators believe that the strongest indication of academic success in college comes not from admissions factors, but from AP (Advanced Placement) Courses. As Dr. Rossiter illustrated, AP scores carry a special meaning for educators as well as students.
The AP Program is an international program that challenges high school students with course curricula at the college level. By the end of the school year, students enrolled in these courses are prepared to take an AP Exam, which covers the complete content of the course. A student’s performance on an exam illustrates proficiency in a content area (such as American History or Calculus). A student’s score (on a scale of 1, the lowest, to 5, the highest possible) can then be used by a college to award course credit towards a degree.
“You can’t cram for it [the AP test],” Mr. Oster, a former AP Calculus teacher at Fox High School said. “You have to apply yourself all year long.”
The exams take place on the same day for every student in the country, so minor changes in the schedule, like snow days, can have a major impact on a student’s ability to prepare for an exam.
Last year, the Fox C-6 school district faced nearly two weeks of class cancellations due to inclement weather. This put students nearly two weeks behind in preparation for these exams. While non-AP classes can make up for lost time with days in the summer, AP students who intend to take the exam are under more pressure to learn the content.
Despite this disadvantage, last year saw 14 students in the district earn recognition from Collegeboard, the company behind the AP Program, for their performance on AP Exams.
Here are last year’s graduates who earned recognition by the AP Scholars Program:
Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
Jason Bub, FHS
Blaine Clark, SHS
Anthony Hill, FHS
Nicolas Hoyer, FHS
Brendan Lindsay, FHS
Griffin Volner, FHS
AP Scholars with Honor
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
Dan Castro-Estremer, FHS
Tauren Hempel, SHS
Christopher Kidwell, FHS
Emily Naumer, FHS
Samantha Siebert, FHS
AP Scholars with Distinction
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams
Adam Callanan, FHS
Courtney Harris, SHS
Andrew Miller, FHS
“The AP Scholar awards program offers recognition to our kids that have done exceptional work in multiple academic areas,” Principal Don Grimshaw of Seckman High School said. “I think that this is an outstanding national recognition from the College Board awarding the hard work that kids put into their studies.”
Congratulations to these scholars for their hard work and dedication to excellence! For more information about the AP Program, visit the Collegeboard website, or speak with your school’s guidance counselor.